Reading for Wednesday, Oct 3: 2 Cor 12
I believe Paul is talking about himself in verses 1-5. That’s just my opinion, but many scholars see his thinly veiled comments as autobiography. If that’s true, we have in this chapter an apostle reflecting on the highs and lows of his life: mountain-top moments of euphoria; a persistent and perpetual “thorn in the flesh”. But this thorn serves a higher purpose: to prompt Paul’s succinct reflection on God’s grace. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
We could write volumes about that verse alone. But this once again demonstrates the transformative power of the Gospel. Even life’s thorny and constant struggles become a moment of grace, for awareness of our weakness only prompts acknowledgement of His power. This is why Paul revels in his weaknesses, refusing to boast save for what Christ has done for him.